Recall that back in September, Reuters writers David Lawder and Nathaniel Taplin reported that, “The United States on [September 13th] launched a challenge to China’s price supports for domestic wheat, corn and rice at the World Trade Organization, charging that these far exceed limits that China committed to when it joined the WTO in 2001.”
Des Moines Register reporter Jason Noble reported on December 7th that, "Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will serve as ambassador to China in the administration of President-elect Donald Trump." The article noted that, "In a statement, Trump praised Branstad’s long experience and close relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping."
Back in January of 2016, Maggie Haberman reported at The New York Times Online that, "Donald J. Trump said he would favor a 45 percent tariff on Chinese exports to the United States, proposing the idea during a wide-ranging meeting with members of the editorial board of The New York Times."